Huge progress in park fundraiser
More than $500,000 donated to purchase neighbouring land
It’s not quite time to crack open the bubbles, but Te Mata Park Trust is has reported huge progress for their One Giant Chance fundraising campaign.
”We are getting closer and closer to our goal — to secure neighbouring land for future generations to enjoy,” Mike Devonshire, Chairman of Te Mata Park Trust said.
“I am extremely grateful and humbled by the generous support thus far,” Mr Devonshire said.
“More than $500,000 has been donated from our community, including private donors, local businesses, club events, GiveaLittle and local Charitable Trusts. Hastings District Council has agreed to add an additional $320,000 via the outcome of the 2019 Annual Plan Consultation process. We are confident that this will be welcomed by the local electorate.”
“These incredible numbers are a genuine reflection that people believe in our goal to further protect this landmass,” he said.
“Park users understand that this is a unique once-in-alifetime opportunity that will truly enhance Hawke’s Bay’s most iconic natural asset forever.”
Launched in July 2018, the One Giant Chance campaign aims to raise $1.25 million to purchase the 8.5ha block of land, and a further $250,000 for future track development and extensive planting of native trees.
The deadline for raising the required funds has been extended to the end of April.
The original campaign deadline was end of December 2018.
“The current landowner has been extremely accommodating and is certainly keen to see this land become part of the Park,” Mr Devonshire said.
“The land is currently under contract and is subject to meeting the finance condition, by 30 April 2019.”
While this fundraising extension does take away some of the pressure, the Trust Board is committed to working hard in the coming months to generate the final remaining funds through various upcoming events and initiatives.
“We are continuing to receive positive support from philanthropic individuals in our local community, who are stepping forward to ensure this land is secured for recreational and conservation purposes,” Mr Devonshire said
“Being the most visited tourist attraction in Hawke’s Bay and with over 1 million visitors annually, our Park and our trails are becoming increasingly busier — and this is particularly evident at this time of year. Te Mata Park is nearly bursting at the seams.
“This land will make our Park safer. Chambers Walk, one of the main access routes in to the Park from Tauroa Road Car Park, is very congested, and this additional land will help ease the pressure. Walkers and bikers will continue to be separated on different tracks, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable environment for everyone.”
He said this new land will bring the Park closer to Havelock North, and further extend the bird corridor Cape to City project from Cape Kidnappers.
“New walking tracks will be established, of varying gradients and technicality. A beginner mountain bike track is also intended, suitable for children. And a planting programme is being developed that will include ma¯ nuka, ngaio, flaxes, cabbage trees and kawakawa, attracting more native birdlife.”
A discreet and environmentally sensitive Sculpture Walkway has also been proposed. “Integrating art, education, history and culture, we envisage that the story of Te Mata is reflected throughout a tastefully designed art experience.
“It would be entirely in keeping with the look and feel of the Park, using elements that reflect the environment.”
The Park Trust also aims to invest further in learning opportunities.
“The intention for the new land is to provide enhanced educational tools, to improve learning of the unique flora and fauna, as well as the cultural significance of the Park. The location of the new land makes it easily accessible from both car parks, and therefore is ideal for school or youth groups to visit.”
He is keen to emphasise the urgency of this goal.
“With less than four months until the fundraising deadline, we encourage local schools, businesses and community groups to get actively involved with our fundraising.
“We will only get one crack at buying this neighbouring land. This will be a huge milestone in the history of Te Mata
Park. Our grandchildren will reflect on this project as forward thinking and visionary. Let’s make it happen, together.”
To donate, visit the Trust’s GiveaLittle page.
“Everyone can make a contribution, no matter how small.
“Even $10 will assist the Trust Board to purchase this piece of land that will enhance Te Mata Park forever.”
■ To donate of for more info go to www.tematapark.co.nz or contact Emma on [email protected]atapark.co.nz if you wish to get involved with fundraising, or as a major donor.
Te Mata Park Trust chairman Mike Devonshire.